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Premier League "B" league: Would it work?

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It has been recently revealed that Richard Scudamore has announced plans for a Premier League "B" League to come into place. But would it be a success?

The current under-21 league will be replaced by the new "B" league. The teams will consist of under-23 players, with rules allowing four players in the squad to be over-age.

The English national team would benefit greatly from this. There is no doubt that we are not the team of recent years anymore, and that we are not at the top level of international football along with the likes of Argentina, Spain, Brazil and Germany. Sadly a quarter-finals place at a World Cup can now be seen as an overachievement with England ranked 15th in the current world rankings.

If there were rules put in place that we see in the Premier League that there has to be a certain amount of "homegrown" players in a squad, English talent would thrive in the new system.

While Spain may now not have been the team they once were in their peak, they are still one of the best international teams around.

Spainish clubs already have "B" teams participating in their football pyramid which has been a massive success in the last decade. Take a look at the players that have played for their B teams alone in the past that are part of the Spanish success story: Casillas, Alvaro Arbeloa, Carlos Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Javi Garcia, Juan Mata, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro and Alvaro Negredo.

The quality of that list is astounding, and while they undoubtedly have natural talent, they have had to be nurtured in the right way for them to have succeeded at the highest level.

Spain's future also shows no signs of slowing, with bright prospects David De Gea, Marc Bartra, Martin Montoya, Christian Tello, Thiago, Jese Rodriguez, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Deulofeu, Isco and Alvaro Morata all looking like they have the potential to get into the national side when the current team ages. The Spanish Under-21 team are also reigning European champions having won the tournament in the summer of 2013.

Compare that to England's dismal showing at the Under-21 Euros of failing to escape from the group stage. With three straight defeats and only one goal scored in the progress which was from the penalty spot, it tells you all you need to know.

England's Under-20 team also failed miserably in their World Cup campaign in the same summer, likewise finishing bottom in their group after failing to secure a win, picking up just two points.

So it is clear that something needs to change, it would also need to be something simply more than a rename of the reserve league and be taken seriously as English football is at stake.

There would be plans in place for the "B" teams to integrate into the Football League, which would be a great boost for players to be playing against first team players week in, week out, rather than being pitted against their reserve counterparts.

Despite this, the idea isn't without its flaws. The "B" team would not be able achieve promotion into the next league if the "A" team is in the league above, as the rules would not allow an "A" and a "B" team to be in the same division, presumably for fear of match fixing and unfair play, so if there is no promotion to play for, why should the players put in the extra effort to get the victory?

Simple answer: to impress. If the players are good enough, and the "B" team performs, surely the call up to the first team will come.

However, this could still cause big problems if a "B" side won the division, but were not allowed to get promoted due to the senior side being in the division above.

Would the highest "A" side take the first automatic promotion spot? If the top two sides were "B" teams then the whole League table would have to be readjusted, and it would become chaotic, so there are a few teething problems.

The real losers in this reshuffle may be the sides already in the Football League as teams may hesitate to loan players out if the system works well, meaning clubs who rely on loan signings to give them that extra edge will no longer be benefitting from the system as a lot of the potential loanees will now be plying their trade for their parent clubs "B" side.

With the Football League also comes TV coverage, which the reserve league doesn't get with the mainstream sports channels. The would create massive interest across the country to see their teams potential stars of the future. This in turn would motivate the "B" players to develop their game and play better, as the TV coverage of them playing against established Football League sides will no doubt serve as a catalyst for them to strive to improve to be noticed.

The fact that the age range is going to be boosted to 23, with four over-age players allowed is only going to help the players improve.

The over-age players would be able to nurture and guide the younger ones, and the extra two years gained in playing first team football would make the transition from the "B" to the "A" (or Premier League teams) so much more simple, with a much higher chance of the players being able to hit the ground running.

It seems that if this is introduced, the national team would benefit, but club teams lower down the pyramid would suffer. Scudamore's decision will show who he prioritises the most.

The Football League would never be the same again if "B" teams become a reality, but England's national team may reap the rewards for the sacrifice.

Scudamore has a decision to make: Club or country?


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